Annals of Improbable Research

MAY | JUNE (volume 22, number 3)

Special Issue: Time & Boredom

Imperial Boredom,
Descent of the Bored Head*,
Cats Looking Out Windows…


The features marked with a star (*) are based entirely on material taken straight from standard research (and other Official and Therefore Always Correct) literature. Many of the other articles are genuine, too, but we don't know which ones.

Special Section: Time & Boredom

Time for Boredom*
Descent of the Bored Head*
Time for Imperial Boredom*

Improbable Research*

Forensic: Nosewitness ID, Chopping Machine*

Improbable Research Reviews*

Improbable Research: Robot Baby Smiles, Chew Buckwheat*
Medical: Watch Out for Wrist Watches*
Improbable Sex: Promiscuity Premise, Novel Women*
Boys Will Be Boys: Water-Sound Wee, Assemblages*
Icky Cutesy: Apple Medicine, Kid Saliva*
Animals: Stilts, Inhumanity, and Mirrors*
Cats: Looking Out Windows*
Dogs: Sniffing Whales, Petting*
Coffee & Tea: Earl Grey Hazard, Women Over Men*<
Business: Triple Zak*
Smoking / Drinking / Drugs: Health Benefits of Dirty Water and Smoking*
Soft Is Hard: Matrimonial Height, Topsy-Turvy Art*
Mind / Brain / Thinking: Height Fear, Shopping Lists*
May We Recommend: Feminist Glaciers*
Ig® and Beyond: Paintings, Sparrows, Salad*

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Puzzling Solutions: Heads in Holland
Index of Special Issues
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On the Front Cover

Data from the study “A Preliminary System for Recognizing Boredom,” [See the article “Descent of the Bored Head, pg 6.]

On the Back Cover

Physicist William Hoston and psychologist Jean Berko Gleason read about how they jointly delivered the traditional “Welcome, welcome” speech at the 2015 Ig Nobel Prize ceremony. Photo: Alice Shirell Kaswell.

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